Yokohama Customs Museum

Name in Japanese: 横浜税関資料展示室
Area: Bashamichi
Address: 1-1 Kaigandori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa [map]
Phone: 045-212-6300 045-212-6300
Access: 299 m from Nihon-ōdōri Station Minatomirai Line (MM5)
0.5 km from Bashamichi Station Minatomirai Line (MM4)
0.8 km from Kannai Station Blue Line (B16)Negishi Line (JK3)
Hours: 10am to 4pm, Closes 1 hour later at 5pm from May to September.
Admission: Free

Housed in the historic waterfront Yokohama Customs Building, the Yokohama Customs Museum traces the history of customs in Japan — from the opening of Yokohama port in the 1870s to the present.

Yokohama Customs Museum Display
Photo by Gregory Lane

Although English descriptions are a little sparse, there are some fun interactive displays – such as poking around in a box with a camera on a stick to find the contraband within, or using the metal detecting wands on sample luggage.